MURPHY’S LAW: Olympic Scattershots, Cyclone Cliches, Awesome Lego

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As I type this, championship night at state wrestling is NOT sold out.  That never used to happen. Bigger venue now. If you haven’t been before, it’s an Iowa sports bucket list item, even if you’re not a wrestling fan. Quite the spectacle…

Richie Incognito apologizes to Jonathan Martin now? And tweets “no hard feelings”. Ghandi may have needed a deep breath with Incognito…

State duals meet just doesn’t work on the eve of the tourney. There are some major pluses, attendance being one, but too many coaches understandably don’t want to wear their wrestlers out, so they rest them, and we see lopsided championship matches…

Each night at 7 p.m. I get all fired up for the Olympics. It might be visceral reaction to music. Just try listening at the :15 mark without being ready to charge…

Enough with the petty, jealous Lolo-bashing from people who didn’t make the USA team. Lolo and her teammate finished 11th at the Olympics, but that’s not on Lolo Jones. Her push times were top five, and had she been on USA1 or USA2, she’d likely have an Olympic medal. Lolo brings some of the unwanted attention on herself, and many people have Lolo fatigue, but she’s not just a pretty face. She’s a world-class athlete who’s now made three Olympic teams. That’s not gold, but it’s not rust either. She keeps trying…

USOC Media Summit

A guy from Japan fell twice in the figure skating final and still won gold?…

Bob Costas had to go away for many people to appreciate how talented he is. The great ones always make it look easier than it is…

Bryce Miller is doing terrific work in Sochi. Some of us remember when he used to live in Iowa…

The NHL would be grape nuts to stop sending stars to the Olympics. It’s once every four years and it absolutely grows interest in the sport…

Glad to see the dude from Blue Lagoon win gold in ice dancing. (You have to be at least 45 to get that one.)…

Which announcer anecdote are you most tired of hearing when the Cyclones play on TV?

-The reason DeAndre Kane wears #50

-DeAndre Kane is 24 years old

-Georges Niang played high school ball with Nerlens Noel

-Georges Niang isn’t athletic, but he has sneaky old guy moves

-Melvin Ejim is underrated

-Melvin Ejim is from Canada

-The reason they call Fred Hoiberg “The Mayor”

-Fred Hoiberg has an NBA background

Got to go with the Mayor story. What about you?…

ISU freshman guard Monte Morris needs be smarter than being in a bar–he’s 18– but since he wasn’t cited for underage drinking, it’s not a big deal…

The metal plate falling from the ceiling at Assembly Hall may make for a slightly more difficult schedule for Iowa, but watching that video, it’s so fortunate that metal let go with no one around. Five more hours and it’s a story that never goes away…

Love the way Mike Gesell’s playing. Don’t have to worry about that guy showing up…

After Doug McDermott wins national player of the year, and he will, can’t you win the argument that the 3-time first team All-American becomes Iowa’s greatest former prep basketball player?…

If the state is going to help the Iowa Speedway with sales tax refunds, it should do the same for the Knoxville Raceway…

Dave Price has written an interesting book about the Iowa caucus chaos. He calls it, “Caucus Chaos”. Smart title. More info at http://www.caucuschaos.com

After all the hand-wringing, we should probably hold town hall meetings all across this great land on how to fix the NBA’s slam dunk contest…

Here are the words the NCAA says can’t be used in advertising, because the NCAA wants to, you know, protect the best interest of student-athletes:

FIRST FOUR
JJ JUMPER
ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR
WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR
NCAA
HOOP CITY
TASTE THE MADNESS
LIVE THE MADNESS
SWEET 16
FROZEN FEST
FROZEN FOUR 
WHO’S YOUR TEAM
IT’S THE JOURNEY
COLLEGE CUP
THE BIG DANCE
MUNCH MADNESS
MARCH MADNESS EXPERIENCE
ELITE EIGHT
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 Not making any of those up. Trademarked NCAA words and terms. What do you think might be the motivation? Okay, one hint…

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Jimmy Fallon is off to a flying start on the Tonight Show. Fallon improved so much over the years, and now he’s ready for this moment. The first two shows showcased his likability, diverse talents, and many showbiz friends who clearly adore him. Moving the show back to New York also somehow grounds it more. Having U2 perform on the rooftop at sunset with the Rutgers marching band doesn’t hurt either…

The most fun I’ve had at the movies this year is The Lego Movie. What a blast. Superb voice work all around, but Will Arnett stands out as Batman. Here are the never before seen, unless you had already watched them, bloopers…

More recommended movies: Philomena, Spectacular Now, Dallas Buyer’s Club, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit…

The Colts just released former Cyclone Jake McDonough, It can’t be because he’s not big enough (or nice enough)…

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